Date Published: 21-Jun-2011
By Denise McNamara
An 8,000-year-old fish-catching spear will be one of the highlights of the most significant natural history exhibition ever hosted in Galway which will mark the opening of the revamped Galway City Museum next week.
Hundreds of artefacts relating to Galway’s prehistoric and medieval past will feature in the collection which is on loan from the National Museum of Ireland.
Objects discovered on archaeological digs throughout the 1980s and 1990s in and around Galway City, as well as some more recent finds uncovered during the building of the M6 motorway.
“A significant event for both the National Museum of Ireland (NMI) and for Galway City Museum”, is how Mary Cahill, assistant keeper with the NMI, has described the loan.
Among the many highlights will be Neolithic (4000-2000BC) polished stone axe heads, Bronze Age Spearheads dating to 1300-1000BC found in the River Corrib during the 1980s and Bronze Age pottery dating back to approximately 2000 – 1800 BC.
The array of stone tools of flint and chert, such as scrapers and blades give a fascinating insight into prehistoric humans and their existence in Galway. Many of the tools would have been used to hunt and skin animals, cut meat and even to do some woodworking. One of the earliest objects on display will be a Mesolithic stone spearhead, which may have been used to catch fish, and dates back to approximately 6000BC.
Galway’s medieval past will also be represented with samples of ceramics from Ireland, England and all over Europe, as well as coinage, wine bottles and drinking glasses.
The medieval collection will draw attention to Galway’s trading past and an age when the so-called Tribes of Galway ruled the waters off the west coast of Ireland.
The artefacts will be on display on the ground floor from the end of next week in new high quality specially built showcases which were purchased with a grant from the Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism and are designed to accommodate priceless, sensitive objects which need high regulated temperatures.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.